sociopath

noun
so·​cio·​path | \ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath, ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə-\

Definition of sociopath 

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

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Shane will post part two of the series on September 27 and will be talking to a psychologist in hopes of finding out if Jake Paul is a sociopath based on his behaviors and videos. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shane Dawson Releases First Part of "The Mind of Jake Paul" Series and It's Insane," 26 Sep. 2018 This Edmund is a sociopath incapable of empathy, a man executing Machiavellian calculations when everybody around him is governed by impulses. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: A ‘King Lear’ in Which You Feel for All the Daughters," 12 Apr. 2018 In tough-guy plays, movies and TV shows, nattily attired men often turn out to be violent sociopaths. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Divine Horsemen,’ a Checklist of Tough-Guy Tropes," 18 Jan. 2018 But the old friends soon run into a coke-snorting pair of rich sociopaths who do. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Cheap Thrills Is the Darkest Dark Comedy on Netflix," 19 May 2018 Just as heading to the local Piggly Wiggly without a list is a sociopath move, then so too is an aimless hour of exercise. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Want to Get Back in Shape? 5 Tips to Keep You From Quitting (or Hurting Yourself)," 6 June 2018 The door-kickers thought Koresh was a sociopath and his converts were dupes who would respond to standard tactics of psychological warfare (such as floodlights at night; loud, unpleasant music; and the sound of screaming animals). Alan Stone, BostonGlobe.com, "25 years ago in Waco," 15 Apr. 2018 Likethumb_up Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag robert_w 34 minutes ago Who knew sociopaths had a sense of humor? Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Kellyanne Conway hears ‘Laurel’ but says she’s willing to tell others ‘Yanny’ in White House video," 17 May 2018 If William can turn into the Man In Black, what's to stop an older version of Logan—who seemed to be a few rungs above William on the sociopath ladder to begin with—from returning for his own vengeance mission? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Things to Expect From 'Westworld' Season 2," 7 Dec. 2016

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sociopath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sociopath

: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior

sociopath

noun
so·​cio·​path | \ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath, ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- \

Medical Definition of sociopath 

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

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